CEN/TC 207 WG 9

Paris Meeting 19/20 June 2012

Sitting furniture / test methods burning behaviour

  1. round robin RIP cigarettes (Reduced Ignition Propensity)
  2. revision EN 1021-1 (cigarette test) and EN 1021-2 (flame test) of sitting furniture
  3. revision EN 597-1 (cigarette test) and EN 597-2 (flame test) of mattresses

RAPEX info exchange on consumer health and safety

RAPEX is the EU rapid alert system that facilitates the rapid exchange of information between Member States and the Commission on measures taken to prevent or restrict the marketing or use of products posing a serious risk to the health and safety of consumers with the exception of food, pharmaceutical and medical devices, which are covered by other mechanisms.

Figures prove fiscal benefits patent incomes

First figures on fiscal benefices of patent incomes published

The Belgian authorities have published the first figures on the special fiscal measure on incomes generated through patented products. In 2011, Centexbel already organised a workhop on this topic.

essenscia Innovation Award Competition

Your invention may win 30.000 euros

This year, essenscia (the Belgian federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences) will hand out its first Innovation Award.
On the essenscia website you will find further practical information about the competition.

City of Kortrijk and Eurometropole visit Centexbel

(form left to right) Bob Vander Beke (sales director at Centexbel), Stef Vande Meulebroucke (general manager Eurometropole), Chris Lecluyse (chef de cabinet of Stefaan De Clerck, Mayor of Kortrijk), Thomas Seynaeve (Seynaeve nv and president of Centexbel), Francis Verstraete (Masureel Veredeling nv and past-president Centexbel) and Jan Laperre (general manager Centexbel) photo : Fa Quix (general manager Fedustria)

China the biggest patent filer in the world in 2011

It was only a question of time before China filed more patents per year than the USA and Japan. After a growth of 25% in 2009, they were almost there, but with the extra growth of 33% in 2010, the number of filed patents was set at 1.63 million !

Does this mean that China is now not only an economic world power, but also a world inventor? Not necessarily: the Chinese authorities have been pushing their companies for a while to file patents, for in their view, the number of patents represents the level of innovation.

New OEKO-TEX® test criteria finally come into force

OEKO-TEX® Certification as a helpful step towards REACH compliance

After the expiry of the three-month transition period, the criteria and limit values published by the OEKO-TEX® Association in early January for tests on harmful substances for textiles according to the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 finally came into force on 1 April 2012 for all certification procedures.

Determination of formaldehyde

Important notice

Because of a change in the Japanese industrial standard JIS L 1041(July 2011), the Oeko-Tex® method (Oeko-Tex® standard 201 M-8 based on JIS L 1041) for the determination of the content of formaldehyde, will be modified accordingly.

Centexbel slaagt opnieuw voor audit

Begin maart 2012 slaagde Centexbel (met grote onderscheiding) voor de audit "open bedrijfsopleidingen".
De Cedeo erkenning "Opleidingsverstrekker" wordt met drie jaar verlengd tot 31/3/2015.

Deze erkenning is belangrijk omdat we u op deze manier opleidingen aanbieden die in aanmerking komen voor terugbetaling via de kmo-portefeuille, waardoor u 50 % korting heeft op de deelnameprijs van alle open opleidingen die wij organiseren.

EPO and Google remove language barriers

eop-google.jpgIn a major step to improve access to patent documents in multiple languages the EPO launched a new machine translation service, called Patent Translate, on the EPO's website on February 29th, 2012.

The service uses Google's Translate technology and enables translation from and to English for French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Swedish, covering approximately 90% of all patents issued in Europe.